Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s Weekly Roundup! In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

As a note: I am not sponsored by any company, group, or individual listed below or elsewhere on this site unless otherwise listed.

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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Fan Zines || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


Did your comic debut in 2017? Fill out this form! I’ll be sharing the full list on January 15, so be sure to submit your comic before then!

Helping Others

Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.

If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.

Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!

If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.

Take care and take your time. Your work is more important than ever. Thank you for sharing your originality and openness with the world. You bring light to the days of others, and it is so, so appreciated.


The Laydeez Do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress is accepting submissions from UK female-identifying comic artists until January 13, 2018. The selected winner will receive £2,000, and five runner-ups will receive £200 and a one-on-one critique session with an acclaimed graphic novelist. Submit 12 pages of a comic project for consideration.

The Comic Studies Society is accepting nominations in a number of categories through February 1. Recipients of the CSS Article Prize, CSS Book Prize, Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship, and/or The Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation will receive $300, a plaque, and an invitation to a roundtable discussion of research.

The DiNKy Awards are now accepting submissions from creators.

The winners of StArt Faire’s 2017 Excellence in Webcomics Awards were announced! Congratulations to all of the winners! There’s still time to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Submit your favorite webcomic before January 19.

Recent Webcomic Debuts

Did your comic debut in 2017? Fill out this form! I’ll be sharing the full list on January 15, so be sure to submit your comic before then!

Check out February 2017’s mid-month list of webcomic debuts.

Looking for more webcomics? Check out Michael Kinyon’s ongoing and ever-growing list of creators!

Crowdfunded Projects

The Black Magic Zine is running a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo to raise funds for production, fulfillment, and donation to the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund. Over 35 black women and nonbinary artists contributed illustrations and comics of black women in the fantasy genre. Tier options include digital and physical versions of the zine, stickers, prints, and an enamel pin. The campaign ends on January 9, 2018.


InkBot is running a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo to launch their upcoming indie comic monthly subscription service. InkBot finds the best of the small press independent comic scene and ships those books to readers who may have never otherwise discovered the work. Tier options include low-cost subscription rates at 1-, 3-, and 6-month tiers, stickers, and a lifetime membership for $1000. This crowdfunding campaign ends on January 12, 2018.


Comic creator K. Lynn Smith is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of Plume: The Omnibus. The book collects all 4 volumes – 480 pages – of the hit webcomic series in full-colored soft- and hardcover formats. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book in soft- or hardcover, t-shirts, enamel pins, prints, commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 12.


Bear Company: A Comic Anthology About Big Gay Men is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its printing and shipping. Bear Company will feature 4 stories about fat gay men, transgender men, and nonbinary people in 48 black and white pages. Tier options include digital and physical versions of the comic. The Kickstarter ends on January 17.


Sparkler Monthly is running a Kickstarter for Sunshine Boy: Volume 1 Paperback by Moosopp. Sunshine Boy follows Kelly who, after a move to a new place, finds a friend in his next door neighbor, Grey. Tier options include physical and digital copies of the book, a desktop background, keychains, and stickers. The Kickstarter ends on January 23.


Maya Kern is running a Kickstarter to produce Flower Girls Art Prints for Kickstarter’s January “Make 100” campaign. Each print will be silver foiled and hand-numbered, limited to quantities of 75 each. Tier options include digital wallpapers and the prints themselves. The Kickstarter ends on January 31.


Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US this year? Take the 2017 Artist Alley Convention Survey here.

The Comic Tea Party is a weekly book club for webcomics. Participate in the Discord chat weekly on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm PST. Sign your comic up for a chance to have it read and discussed in the group!

Format shared this article about major publications and their rates for illustrators. Submit your experiences to expand what we know about rates!

New Visions is also accepting anonymous information about editorial illustration pay.

If you’re an artist who uses the internet to further your career, fill out this survey!

Are you a comic critic or journalist? Take this survey!


You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com!

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • Knock Knock, the Tech Noir edition, is accepting submissions of illustrations, comics and prose involving technology and futurism through January 26.
  • StArt Faire is accepting submissions for issue 23 through January 29.
  • Being True (or How I Learned to Love Myself) is accepting proposals from LGBTQ+ comic creators through January 31.
  • Volume 5 of the Lilies Anthology: Tiger Lily is accepting comics about self-love through February 14.
  • Red Stylo is accepting queries for its horror anthology “A SOUL DIVIDED/ CAGED IN FLESH” inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through February 15. As noted on the website, send a query before submitting a pitch.
  • Hellcat Press is accepting pitches for horror anthology Screams Heard ‘Round the World through February 28. Accepted entrants will receive $20 and a free copy of the final book.
  • The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is accepting applications from artists and writers who have not yet published a complete graphic novel. Applications close February 28.
  • Transcendant Transgressions: Dark Visions of Trans Artists is accepting applications from transgender, non-binary and intersex visual artists, illustrators, writers and poets, musicians and filmmakers whose works emphasize dark surrealism through February 28. Proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
  • The Oneshi Press Quarterly Anthology accepts progressive comic and illustration work on a quarterly basis. Their next due date is March 1. Contributors are paid through quarterly royalties and surrender first right of publication and right of first refusal after publication.
  • 24 Panels is accepting submissions of 24 panels or less from comic artists through March 31. They’re also seeking a comics editor! Proceeds will be donated to the mental health care of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • GJB Publishing is accepting applications from illustrators who live with mental health issues for Colours of the Mind through March 31.
  • The Silent Manga Audition‘s 9th competition event is accepting submissions through March 31. This SMA has a limit of 16 pages or less and a choice of three themes to select from. Comic submissions should be silent and without dialogue.

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. See Find Anthologies for a list of anthologies with open submissions and to submit anthologies of your own. Chris Arrant regularly shares location-based jobs in comics (mostly editorial, office, or design work). Check the #ComicJobs hashtag! Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators. Zine Submissions and Zine Scene have great lists of zines, too!

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including the SFWA Nebua Conference, the Locus Awards weekend, and WorldCon 76!

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #40! Need convention advice? Join #ConTalkTues every Tuesday at 8PM EST!

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Geeks of Color is looking for a graphic designer.

I created a document where people who have skills in web design and are willing and able to assist comic creators in creating their own websites can list themselves. Feel free to add your name, examples, and prices!

Fan Zines

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out Find Anthologies and ZineAppCalls for more! Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!

Mentorships & Fellowships

(Los Angeles, California) Asian American and Pacific Islander television and film writers are invited to apply for the CAPE New Writers Fellowship through January 7.

The Editor – Writer Mentorship for Diverse Writers is accepting applications from unpublished, underrepresented writers through January 21.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship is accepting applications through March 1. Each year, between 5 and 15 recipients will be selected to receive a $20,000 stipend. Selected visual artists will receive free housing and studio space for visual artists, and literary artists will receive free co-working space in Tulsa, OK.

The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

(Seattle, WA) Densho is seeking a digital media artist in residence to explore the history of incarceration in World War II and how it impacts contemporary injustices. Applications are due January 31.

(Los Angeles, California) The +LAB Artist Residency Program is accepting applications from California visual artists, performance artists, and writers through January 15.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, this list by Donathin Frye, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.


Digital Manga has positions open for freelance manga letterers.

Voice Acting

Heavy Thought Studios is looking for voice actors!

Check the Casting Call Club and Voice Acting Space for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!


  • Ms. magazine is seeking pitches from 14-19 year old girl-identifying teens focusing on issues facing teen girls and the activism of teen girls working to solve the issue. Selected contributors will be paid $100 for their published articles.

Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.

Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!

The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.



Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.


That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Let me know!

If you enjoy the Weekly Roundup, please consider supporting me through my Paypal or Ko-Fi. Thank you to E. Ross Ura and AnitaComics for your tips! And thank you to Patrons A.D. Birch, Abdiwak, Alakotila, Amber, Ash, Becca, Candace, Elaine, Emm, Heidi, Jasmine, KaiJu, Kiwi, Kristina, Nika, Sam, and the.evergreen.burrow for your support!

Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – December 29, 2017

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